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Canadian employees’ top concerns are physical health and fitness, work load and work-life balance, ability to retire and mental health, according to a new survey by Mercer Canada. The survey, which polled 1,000 Canadian employees, found lower-wage workers were most worried about their ability to retire, followed by physical health and fitness and mental health. […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 11, 2022 May 2, 2022
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Employees of the municipal government of East Kootenay, B.C., are staying active during their workday through a new physical wellness program. The program, run by fitness organization ParticipACTION, allows employers to create teams of employees to take part in daily self-managed fitness routines and a series of Canada-wide challenges throughout the year, the latter of […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 25, 2021 November 25, 2021
  • 09:00
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Roughly two-fifths (41 per cent) of plan sponsors reported offering virtual health-care services through their benefits plan, according to the 2021 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey. Among these plan sponsors, 33 per cent said they paid extra to add virtual care to their plan, while 67 per cent said it was part of their standard plan at […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 28, 2021 October 27, 2021
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More than half (59 per cent) of expatriate employees want employers to prioritize physical well-being when constructing or choosing health-care packages and benefits, according to a new survey by Aetna Inc. The survey, which polled 1,000 expats from Germany, Mexico, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, also found that those with children aged 16 and under favoured […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 9, 2021 August 9, 2021
  • 09:15
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SAP Canada Inc. is accelerating the expansion of virtual wellness offerings through its benefits package amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The pandemic has essentially pressed fast-forward on a direction that the market was already going,” says Megan Smith, vice-president and head of human resources at the software company. “It forced the issue of remote work, causing employers […]

This time of year, Citigroup Inc.’s fitness centre would likely usually be packed with New Year’s resolutioners working out and catching up with colleagues. Not this January. The company’s Mississauga, Ont., fitness centre was a popular place for its employees to break a sweat together. But when the coronavirus pandemic halted in-person activities last March, the […]

2020 CAP Suppliers Report: Stretching into the financial wellness space

In the old days, employers would often gather employees in a dusty conference room and pass around a box of Timbits while talking at a sea of bored and confused faces about the importance of retirement savings. Not anymore. These days, many capital accumulation plan sponsors and insurers are pivoting away from dull information sessions […]

  • December 18, 2020 April 23, 2021
  • 08:56
Seneca College’s EAP schooling remote workers on fitness

As remote working continues amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Seneca College is increasingly promoting employee fitness. “Employee fitness has always been a high priority for us, but with the pandemic we’ve been talking about it even more,” says Felisha Ali, project and program coordinator for leadership and employee development at Seneca. She says staff have […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020
  • 09:00
Employees prioritizing fitness benefits during pandemic: survey

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, employees are viewing fitness benefits with increased importance, according to a new survey by ClassPass Inc. The survey found 70 per cent of respondents said they consider fitness benefits second only to health-care benefits, with 92 per cent saying they plan to return to gyms in 2021. Within that group, […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 12, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 08:45
Ericsson wins award for well-rounded health and wellness program

At Benefits Canada‘s 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 16, Ericsson was recognized for its comprehensive health and wellness program that helps employees address their physical, mental and social health needs. “We’ve really focused on a health and wellness program that would benefit employee’s health and overall well-being. . . . I think, for us, it’s always been important. […]